How to accelerate the reassignment of vacant public housing estate: this is the question that has guided the City of Milan in the conception of an experimental procedure for the assignment of flats in their ‘actual state’. The call was addressed to households included in the public housing waiting list, willing to carry out maintenance operations in return for a deduction on the rent. Even if the self-maintenance of individual flats involves operations of a limited entity compared to the self-recovery of entire buildings, the public actor’s commitment in management is considerable. This has led the administration to reflect on how to improve the effectiveness of these procedures, both by orienting them on groups of dwellings to favor economies of scale in the building phase, and by supporting the continuous maintenance by the tenants also after assignment.
Keywords: Self-maintenance; flats in the ‘actual state’; public housing policies;